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Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm - Articles Articles

Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm

Marley E Skinner, Robert Pollock, Mike Basedow

Consider diversifying your farm by adding small fruit like blueberries or strawberries. More
'Abion' strawberries and 'Polka' (left) and 'Josephine' raspberries (right) at Penn State's High Tunnel facility.
Growing Raspberries and Strawberries in Containers - Articles Articles
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers. More
Pest Alert - Omnivorous Leafroller
Pest Alert - Omnivorous Leafroller - Articles Articles
The omnivorous leafroller has recently been confirmed in a greenhouse in Pennsylvania. Your assistance is needed in monitoring this pest indoors and outdoors in Pennsylvania. More
Edward L. Barnard, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
Phytophthora Root Rot in Raspberries in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Phytophthora root rot is now regarded as a major cause of declining red raspberry plantings. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Verticillium Wilt in Brambles Home Fruit Gardens: Verticillium Wilt in Brambles - Articles
Verticillium wilt is caused by two common soilborne fungi. These fungi have a wide host range and attack more than 300 woody and herbaceous plants. More
Virus Disease Control of Brambles in Home Gardens
Virus Disease Control of Brambles in Home Gardens - Articles Articles
Control measures are aimed mainly at removing sources of the virus particles from within and around the raspberry planting. More
Virus Diseases of Brambles in Home Fruit Plantings
Virus Diseases of Brambles in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Virus diseases can seriously damage brambles, especially raspberries, and can affect the lifetime of a planting. More
Central Science Laboratory, Harpenden, British Crown, Bugwood.org
Mosaic Virus of Brambles in Home Gardens - Articles Articles
Mosaic affects all raspberries but seldom affects blackberries. The mosaic virus complex overwinters in infected plants and is spread by aphids. More
Crumbly Berry in Home Bramble Plantings
Crumbly Berry in Home Bramble Plantings - Articles Articles
Crumbly berry is the most common bramble virus in the Mid-Atlantic region. More
R. Stace-Smith, Bugwood.org
Leaf Curl Virus of Brambles in Home Gardens - Articles Articles
Raspberries are affected more severely by leaf curl than are blackberries. More
Extendiendo la Temporada Productiva con Túneles Altos
Extendiendo la Temporada Productiva con Túneles Altos - Articles Articles
Los túneles altos ofrecen protección a las plantas de tierras saturadas de humedad y temperaturas bajas en la primavera y el otoño con lo cual se extiende la temporada productiva. More
Extending the Garden Season with High Tunnels
Extending the Garden Season with High Tunnels - Articles Articles

Extending the Garden Season with High Tunnels

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

High tunnels offer plants protection from wet, saturated soils and low temperatures in the spring and fall, thereby extending the gardening season. More
The Home Fruit Garden - Getting Started
The Home Fruit Garden - Getting Started - Articles Articles
Home fruit gardening offers many benefits—exercise, enjoyment, a supply of delicious fruits, enhancement of the home landscape, and a truly educational experience. More
Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
Home Orchards: Table 2.4. Plant Protection Materials - Articles Articles
Informational table showing pesticides available for home garden use on various fruit crops. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.5. Pesticide Recommendations for Brambles Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.5. Pesticide Recommendations for Brambles - Articles
The important insects and diseases to be controlled, except for viruses, are listed in the right-hand column of this spray schedule. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.3. Occurrence of Insects and Mites on Brambles Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.3. Occurrence of Insects and Mites on Brambles - Articles
Informational table showing the occurrence of insects and mites on brambles during the growing season. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.2. Summary of Bramble Disease Control Strategies
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.2. Summary of Bramble Disease Control Strategies - Articles Articles
All possible control strategies must be employed if bramble diseases are to be controlled. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents - Articles Articles
Use this table to determine the equivalent amounts of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash of each fertilizer material. More
Home Gardens: Red Raspberry Variety Selection
Home Gardens: Red Raspberry Variety Selection - Articles Articles
Selecting appropriate varieties might be the most important decision a gardener makes, and certainly is a difficult one to change once the plants are established. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.1. Recommended Raspberry Varieties for Pennsylvania
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.1. Recommended Raspberry Varieties for Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Informational table showing recommended raspberry varieties for Pennsylvania. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.2. Monthly Maintenance
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.2. Monthly Maintenance - Articles Articles
Your schedule may vary from the one below by as much as 2 weeks (earlier or later) depending on the region of Pennsylvania in which you are located. More
Home Orchard: Table 2.3. Pesticide Application Amounts Home Orchard: Table 2.3. Pesticide Application Amounts - Articles
Informational table showing pesticide application amounts on fruit. More
Photo credit Mary Ann Frazier, Penn State Extension.
Who are Our Pollinators? - Articles Articles

Who are Our Pollinators?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Krishona Martinson

Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. More
Small Striped Bee (Halictus). Photo USGS Bee Inventory.
What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees? - Articles Articles

What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. If we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations. More
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses. Photo Alex Wild.
Pollinator Declines - Articles Articles

Pollinator Declines

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining. More
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